Ten years education for justice and peace
Children are the first victims of war and displacement, the most vulnerable. Over the last 10 years, we have been following our approach to unite different, and sometimes opposed, communities around a common cause: the future of the youth. We have provided daily education to more than 3,300 children, facilitating the enrollment of Syrian refugee children into Lebanese schools and preventing dropout for both Syrians and vulnerable Lebanese youth.
Today, like in the past, we need your help to keep going. Please read more below and share this post with your families and friends!
The situation in Lebanon has become more difficult in recent weeks. After the Hamas attacks on Israel and the military onslaught on Gaza that followed, many Europeans and other foreign nationals have left Lebanon. The southern border is in flames. Thousands of Lebanese are displaced because of the open war between Hezbollah and Israel. Nobody we know wants a new war and many still have bitter memories from the war of 2006 when the Israeli Air Force bombed all Lebanon, non-regarding whether Hezbollah was in control of an area or not.
Now more than ever our work has to continue! Akkar is the poorest region of Lebanon. But thanks to your continuous support, we have a much higher school enrolment of Syrian refugee children than in the rest of Lebanon. According to the UN and to our own surveys, 80% of all school-aged children are enroled. But the struggle for education is not over! We believe that no child should be left behind and we work hard to prevent school dropout because of economic hardship or difficulties with the French curriculum that is taught in most Lebanese schools.
With the support of all major communities of Akkar, Sunni and Alawite Muslims as well as Maronite and Orthodox Christians, both from Lebanon and Syria, we have brought different people to work together for a common goal: a better future of the youth that is marked by war, displacement and economic meltdown. And while learning and playing together, children and adolescent discover that the "other" can become a friend. None of this would be possible without the educational work of our local teachers, working in altogether five learning centres with our international volunteers.
On behalf of our teachers and on behalf of the children we serve, we are humbly asking for your support. We don't always find the time to update our website, as all our permanent staff members live and work in the Syrian border region. Therefore, we also rely on you to talk about our work and ask for help. One line you send to a relative or friend, sharing this post, can already bring one more child back into school. You can find more regular updates on Facebook or Instagram.
Please share the word and support our work with a donation, either a small amount every month or a bigger aid package once in a while!
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